2016-10-13 / Sports

Martin swings Comets past Norse in Pink Out

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By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


LELAND VOLLEYBALL players celebrate a first-set point Tuesday during their road sweep of Suttons Bay. LELAND VOLLEYBALL players celebrate a first-set point Tuesday during their road sweep of Suttons Bay. All players wore pink on Tuesday in a highly anticipated matchup between the peninsula’s pair of ranked teams.

One team wore it better.

Aggressive serves and a strong showing from sophomore outside hitter Allie Martin lifted third-ranked Leland to a convincing road sweep of ninth-ranked Suttons Bay (25-11, 25-18, 25-13) on Breast Cancer Awareness night. The three-set loss was a first for Suttons Bay coach Kelly Mokanyk.

“They’re the defending state champion team,” Mokanyk said. “There’s nothing wrong with losing to Leland. Laurie Glass gave me tons of pointers after the game because that’s how awesome she is. She’s that confident — she’s helping us.”

Glass and the Comets (27-8-2, 5-1 NWC) picked up where they left off after winning the Suttons Bay Invitational on Saturday by picking apart the Lady Norse (15-6-4, 3-3 NWC) defense from the service line.


JOAN OGEMAW (11) wills a ball over the net Friday during the team’s five-set loss to Traverse City Christian. 
Photo: Dan Duffiney JOAN OGEMAW (11) wills a ball over the net Friday during the team’s five-set loss to Traverse City Christian. Photo: Dan Duffiney Leland forced serve-receive errors early, finishing with nine aces.

“That’s been our low point no matter who we’ve played this season,” Mokanyk said. “We’re strong offensively and not defensively, but they knew that.”

Martin led Leland with a game-high 15 kills to go with seven digs. Ella Siddall supplied three kills and a game-high 31 assists. Rowan Wilson added nine kills and nine digs.

Glass said she’d like to see the ball distributed a bit more inside to her middle hitters but that her outsides, Martin and Wilson, have been doing a great job the past few weeks.

“Allie is starting to find her confidence and realize that it’s OK to be great,” Glass said. “Being good and hiding in the weeds is not necessarily in her best interest or her team’s. She’s starting to find her place as a leader.”

Martin looked like a leader, keeping the momentum in Leland’s favor with big swings early and often.

The Comets took control from the get-go, opening up a 9-1 lead in the first set, and never looked back.

“I think we discovered some things about ourselves in the Suttons Bay tournament, in the finals, about what it means to have energy no matter what the score is,” Glass said. “We were looking forward to playing Suttons Bay. They’ve had a really great season and we were looking forward to it.”

The three-time state champion coach still sees room for improvement with a first-round district game against Suttons Bay right around the corner.

“I don’t think we’ve peaked,” she said. “I don’t think we’ve played our best volleyball yet, but I don’t want us to until November.”

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Lady Lakers cruise past Buckley

Morgan Zywicki led with 14 digs, nine aces and three digs on Tuesday as Glen Lake recorded a road sweep at Buckley (25-23, 25-7, 25-14).

The Lady Lakers (12-14-3, 3-3 NWC) have now won six straight sets in league play.

“Game one showed a few too many unforced errors with missed serves and a few mental lapses, but we were able to put together a solid game two and three to get the job done,” Glen Lake coach Liz Moeggenberg said.

Mallory Lund added eight kills, three aces and two blocks for the Lakers while Hanna Vanduzen distributed 23 assists to go with four aces. Kaitlyn Schaub tacked on six kills, five digs, two aces and two blocks.

Comets top Stags, win invitational

Sophomore setter Ella Siddall had the Leland offense firing on all cylinders Saturday as the Comets capped a 5-1 showing in the Suttons Bay Invitational with a three-set win over Kingsley in the championship game (25-18, 8-25, 15-13).

Leland went 2-1 in pool play with wins over Bellaire and Onekama and a loss to Charlevoix. The fourth-seeded Comets proceeded to beat Bellaire in the quarterfinals, Calumet in the semis and Kingsley in the title match. Siddall finished with 132 assists and 22 digs.

“Ella was really spectacular in running our offense,” Leland coach Laurie Glass said.

Suttons Bay’s day ended with a quarterfinal loss to Calumet. Outside hitters Taylor Devol and Kyra Vezina combined for 49 kills in the invitational. Grace Periard distributed 53 assists.

Mustangs get past Glen Lake

Glen Lake was unable to overcome a slow start last Thursday in a non-conference loss at Grand Traverse Academy (20-25, 11-25, 25-23, 17-25).

Coach Liz Moeggenberg said her Lady Lakers came out flat and didn’t show enough will to win as a team.

“We showed some life in game three but couldn’t create enough momentum to force a game five,” Moeggenberg said. “This was definitely a game I know all the girls wish we could go back and redo, but that’s part of playing sports. You’ve got to show up every night regardless of who you are playing. Hopefully, the girls can take this as a lesson learned and move forward.”

Morgan Zywicki led with 10 kills, 17 digs and three aces. Mallory Lund added nine kills, 16 digs and two aces.

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